A shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left at least 17 people dead, officials said Wednesday, and the suspect — believed to be a former student — was in custody.
The shooting suspect was identified as Nikolaus Cruz, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed during an evening news conference.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was under lockdown as police rushed to the scene during the afternoon.
Of the 17 people killed, 12 of them died in the school, two were killed outside, one passed away on the street and another two died enroute to the hospital, Israel said. He added that 15 people were transported to the hospital.
The alleged gunman carried an AR-15 and had “countless magazines,” the sheriff said.
The 19-year-old suspect was wearing a maroon shirt as police led him off to a squad car. Video provided to WSVN appeared to show officers cuffing the suspect in the grass.
— Franklin White (@FranklinWSVN) February 14, 2018
A video obtained by WSVN shows students throwing their hands in the air as an armed SWAT team enters the classroom while working to evacuate the school. A viewer, who sent it to the outlet, said she got it from her brother who was in the room.
A 7News viewer says this video came from her little brother, showing the SWAT team evacuating his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after this afternoon’s shooting.
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) February 14, 2018
The suspect had been expelled from the school due to many issues, including threatening and violence. Students knew the suspect to be a violent and a troubled young man, who many predicted that he would one day ‘shoot up the school’.
— Vic Micolucci WJXT (@WJXTvic) February 14, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this horrific and senseless tragedy.